Milorad Nikolic

Dr Milorad Nikolic
Associate Professor
Department of Classics

Research Interests

Milo Nikolic is a specialist in ancient technology. He is studying water-supply systems of the Greek and Roman periods, but more recently his research is taking him towards the ancient view of water as a physical substance. This new research orientation also includes salt water, and by extension the ocean, its uses, perception, and meaning. He is currently working on a book in that area. He also developed an undergraduate course for MUN’s Department of Classics, under the title “Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World”.


Nikolic has been involved in archaeological projects in Canada, Italy, Turkey, Jordan, and Germany. He has studied in Germany, England, France, and Canada. Although his terminal degree is a doctorate in Greek and Roman Studies, he is also trained as a mechanical engineer with a specialization in fluid mechanics and a physicist with a specialization in renewable energies. He has been teaching at Memorial University since 2009 after stints as instructor at the University of Victoria, Mount Allison, and the University of Winnipeg. Before finding his home in academia he used to work for several years as a project manager in the wind-energy industry.


  • University of Victoria, PhD (2008), Greek and Roman Studies
  • University of Calgary, MA (2003), Greek and Roman Studies
  • Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany, MSc (1996), Physics of Renewable Energies
  • Institut Méditerranéen d’Etude et de Recherche en Informatique et Robotique (IMERIR), Perpignan, France, visiting student (1992-3)
  • Fachhochschule Osnabrück (now Hochschule Osnabrück), Germany, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) (1992), European Mechanical Engineering Studies
  • Coventry Polytechnic (now Coventry University), UK, BEngHons (1991), European Mechanical Engineering Studies

Select Publications

  • M. Nikolic. “An Investigation of Vitruvius’ Technical Vocabulary Relating to Water Conduits and Pipelines in De arch. 8.6.6-9: geniculus and libramentum (re)examined.” Hermes 139 (4) (2011) 443-53.
  • M. Nikolic. “An Investigation of Vitruvius’ Technical Vocabulary Relating to Water Conduits and Pipelines in De arch. 8.6.6-9: vis spiritus and colluviaria (re)examined.” Mnemosyne 64 (2011) 424-46.
  • H. Westra and M. Nikolic, with A. Mercer. “The Sources of the Earliest Latin Descriptions of Canada and First Nations by the Jesuits.” Fons Luminis 1 (2009) 61-82.
  • M. Nikolic, D. N. Williams, and L. Bauwens. “Simulation of Detonation Cells in Wide Channels.” in G. Roy, S. Frolov, S. Kailasanath, and N. Smirnov (eds.). Gaseous and Heterogeneous Detonations: Science to Applications. Moscow: ENAS Publishers, 1999, pp. 153-62.
  • L. Bauwens, D. N. Williams, and M. Nikolic. “Failure and Reignition of One-Dimensional Detonations—The High Activation Energy Limit.” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 27 (1998) 2319-26.
  • M. Vandenbergh, M. Nikolic, and H.-G. Beyer. “Untersuchungen zum Anwendungspotential der Windenergie in Tunesien,” in DEWEK ’96-Tagungsband. Wilhelmshaven: DEWI, 1996, pp. 117-20.


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